Wednesday Word 8.22.2018
Colossians 3:23-24 New International Version
23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, 24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.
This passage comes from Peter’s instructions to a “Christian Household,” and was actually intended for those who may have been slaves or indentured servants. I think it applies to every single one of us. It is one of those precepts that can change our lives. What a difference it can make in the workday! That is why it hangs in a very small note in an inconspicuous spot on the bulletin board behind my desk at work. I often need to be reminded who my big, big Boss really is!
Christ said what we do for the “least of these,” we do for him (Matthew 25:40). I think of that often. When a disagreeable person comes into my office, demanding this or that, I try to remember who it is that I am assisting. When someone is yelling at me personally over things beyond my control, I try to remember just who it is that I represent. Not only do I work for the people who have employed me and pay my wage, but I am supposed to be working for my Lord and Savior. All day. Every day. You are, too.
We had a great report from our folks who just returned from a mission trip to Columbia this past Sunday. They talked about the instant bonds that were formed and the outpouring of love that flowed in both directions. They knew who sent them. They learned who it was that received them. You and I may not travel that far in order to work for the Lord Jesus Christ. Even if we don’t leave our homes, we are still serving the Lord. At work, in a restaurant, at a ball game, wherever we go, we are on duty. Not in hopes of personal gain or reward, but for the one who sent Jesus to save us…something to pray about.
Your sister in Christ, Vicki